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Laplante, Lisa. 2007. “Women as Political Participants: Psychosocial Post Conflict Recovery in Peru.” Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology 13 (3): 313–31.
Author: Lisa Laplante
This article presents preliminary findings on the effectiveness of postconflict recovery strategies, one of which is political activism. I describe Peru's experience to illustrate how mental health professionals adopt a more holistic view of psychosocial healing within the reparations framework established by Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. I then illustrate how this model meets the particular needs of women who survived the conflict and are now reclaiming their mental well-being through political activism. The short-term evaluation of this approach reveals that it benefits this population both through raising their self-esteem and by involving them in policy decisions that directly affect their lives.
Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Women, Governance, Post-conflict Governance, Health, Mental Health, Justice, TRCs, Political Participation, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Regions: Americas, South America Countries: Peru
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